Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I am at a loss for words other than “Wow.” Not only is this an amazing thriller that you cannot put down because you are so anxious to see what happens next, the writing in this book is exceptional.
The way this book is written makes you feel like you are inside the minds of the characters as well as following their lives in the real world at the same time. It is truly brilliant!
One of my favorite lines from the book that I think reveals Flynn’s true brilliance as a writer is:
“I felt a queasy mixture of relief and horror: when you finally stop an itch and realize it’s because you’ve ripped a hole in your skin.”
The vivid explanation of this feeling, and from personal experience from doing so, it was as if I was feeling the exact queasiness at the same time the character was.
As many probably already know, the plot of this book is wicked and enthralling. Holy plot twists!
The only regret I have about reading this book is that I read it after I watched the movie. I usually feel the opposite about books that have been turned into movies, I prefer watching the movie first and then reading the book. But, for Gone Girl, I really wish I could have felt the full surprise at each plot twist.
How do others feel about books that have been turned into movies? Do you prefer reading or watching first?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This is one of those “can’t-put-it-down” type of books. Whether it be a huge question answered or dramatic, life-altering events for the characters, Ng does an amazing job at keeping the reader engaged and wanting more. The book is filled with the right amount of mystery and suspense.
This book reveals the importance of privacy and the issues that can arise when people from different socioeconomic backgrounds intermingle. All of this is explored through the delicate, complicated journey of motherhood.
At first, I thought this book may not appeal to me since I am not a mother myself. But, this was not a condition that affected my thorough enjoyment while reading this book.
My only critique would be that it ends with so many question marks. I realize sometimes authors do this on purpose, but that is not my style. My own imagination just can’t come up with one, solid ending that’s satisfying to me. I just really need to be told the answers and what happens in the end!
How do others feel about books that end with so many unanswered questions?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book is a quick read that is filled to the brim with wisdom, insights and life lessons. It’s not dry or boring and doesn’t just tell you how to feel purposeful in this crazy, confusing world. But, through a great adventure and a story that is very well written, the reader walks away feeling enlightened with a peace of mind that your “personal legend” can be found and fulfilled at any age even when you are face to face with the worst of times.
What’s a personal legend? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:
“He was learning a lot of new things. Some of them were things that he had already experienced, and weren’t really new, but that he had never perceived before.”
“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they want and need.”
“There is only thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”